Denver Tanker Truck Accident Attorneys
Safe driving is a responsibility that every driver shares, and we all have a duty to keep our roads free of hazards. Acting negligent when behind the wheel puts everyone on the road in danger, but this responsibility is even great for tanker truck drivers. Tanker trucks haul a massive amount of oil, gasoline, toxic chemicals, and hazardous materials every day, each of which can cause widespread devastation if spilled on a major road or highway.
If you or someone you love was injured in a tanker truck crash, you deserve proper and full compensation for all the damages you have suffered. Recovering compensation for your injuries requires going up against big insurance companies who have no interest in paying you a fair share after a collision. Our truck collision attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. know how intimidating it is for accident victims to stand up to insurance companies, which is why we believe in providing strong legal representation to anyone injured by a negligent trucking company or driver. Let us use our expertise to fight for your best interests. Call us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free (877) 433-3906 to learn how we can get you compensation after a tanker truck accident. There is no charge for an initial consultation.
Tanker trucks are used all throughout the country to transport both hazardous materials like pesticides and biofuels, as well as everyday industrial-grade products like paint and hair supplies. Both types of material present serious dangers when spilled onto crowded highways, residential roads, or city centers. Drivers and pedestrians can be exposed to toxic chemicals, flammable liquids, and explosive gases.
When operating a tanker truck, drivers should be experienced, focused, and properly certified. Hazardous materials require specific permits from the federal government, and each state has its own regulations on how these materials should be transported. Drivers must apply for permits, demonstrate that they have the necessary training to safely transport hazardous materials, and display warning placards on the side of their vehicles to inform nearby drivers of the dangers.
The duty these drivers have to drive safely can never be understated, as the failure to uphold that responsibility can result in serious truck crashes. Tanker trucks are more prone to rollovers than other vehicles. If a tank is underfilled or a driver turns incorrectly, the truck could tip over and cause a cargo spill, which could be deadly. A single crash could result in fires, explosions, and chemical exposure.
The responsibility for safely operating tanker trucks falls onto truck drivers and their employers. 95% of crashes are the result of driver error, meaning drivers are also capable of preventing collisions if they act responsibly. Unfortunately, all it takes is one act of negligence for a driver to cause a tanker truck crash. Common actions that contribute to these collisions include:
- Driving while distracted
- Fatigued driving
- Driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol
- Reckless turns
- Aggressive driving
- Lack of training and experience with tanker trucks
- Reckless driving during poor weather conditions
Truck companies can also share responsibility with tanker truck drivers. Trucking companies are responsible for planning and overseeing routes, filing tanker trucks, hiring and training drivers, and maintaining vehicles. If a company failed to follow proper procedures before sending a driver on the road, it could be found liable for contributing to a crash.
Determining who is responsible for your injuries is just the first step in getting you compensation. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., our experienced team of Denver personal injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate the crash that injured you, collect evidence of negligence, and aggressively negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company to give you the best chance at receiving full compensation. We are not afraid to stand up to big insurance companies and hold truck drivers accountable when they injure other drivers and pedestrians. If you or someone you love was injured by a tanker truck driver or company in Colorado, contact us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free (877) 433-3906 to begin preparing your claim.